The Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) is a professional organisation based in the UK for editors and proofreaders – the people who strive to make text accurate and readable.

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Looking for an editor or proofreader?

The Directory of Editorial Services provides contact information for more than 700 SfEP members, plus details of the skills, subjects and services they offer. Find an editor or proofreader now.

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Training in editing and proofreading

Our workshops and online training courses will give you the skills you need to become a better editor or proofreader.

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Our three-level proofreading course will get your career off to a solid start, teaching you the core knowledge and practical skills needed to successfully work as a proofreader in the publishing industry and beyond. Take the levels individually, or work your way through all three – 15 upgrade points awarded on successful completion of all three courses.

P1: Introduction | P2: Headway | P3: Progress

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Membership

The SfEP is a membership organisation for editors and proofreaders. Find out more about our structure, benefits of membership and how you can join us.

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SfEP community

Find out about the activities and resources that help make the SfEP what it is – a welcoming, supportive network of editorial professionals.

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Countdown to CIEP

THE SfEP WILL SOON BECOME THE CIEP

Only six days to go until the biggest change in our organisation's history!

On 1 March the SfEP will become the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP) to reflect being granted a Royal Charter.

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Editorial resources

EDITING INTO PLAIN ENGLISH

New edition 2019 by Luke Finley, Laura Ripper and Sarah Carr

With increasing demands for clearer communication in the public and private sectors, plain-English editing has much to offer. Looking at key aspects of working as a freelance editor for this market, this new SfEP guide will:

  • introduce the concept of plain English and techniques for plain-English editing
  • help you to identify the market for plain-English skills
  • help you to find work in this field.

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Find out more about the members of the SfEP.

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